Weekly News – June 1, 2020

Although Coronavirus Dominates the Headlines, Other Safety Concerns Still Matter

Concerns of the coronavirus remain present, however, “other safety concerns are still important. Processors still need to be mindful of sanitation, slip and fall injuries, electrical and mechanical hazards, and physical violence. Day-to-day operations are still the highest priority, even as you work to protect employees and contractors from coronavirus.”

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ISTOBAL Offers Solutions for the Sanitization of Food Transporters and Compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

According to Food Safety Strategies, “the internationally patented ISTOBAL HW’INTRAWASH is an innovative system designed specifically to simplify food safety compliance and increase the frequency and quality of trailer washouts.” “The HW’INTRAWASH can wash and sanitize trailer interiors up to 53 feet long with a standard 5-minute program while also providing a safer and healthier working environment for employees and simplifying compliance with OSHA safety guidelines.”

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Pandemic Challenges Highlight the Importance of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety

According to Food Safety Magazine, in March, the FDA was ready to announce “the release of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s focus turned to the COVID-19 pandemic.” The FDA plans to “release the blueprint in the coming weeks, outlining our plans over the next decade to create a more digital, traceable, and safer food system.”

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Advances in Fungal and Microbial Control from Farm to Fork

Food Safety Strategies reports “Microbial control strategies are needed in the food industry to prevent foodborne illnesses and outbreaks and prolong product shelf life.” Joe O’Neill, VP sales & business development, A&B Ingredients, Fairfield, NJ notes that “ first line of approach is often sourcing quality ingredients, employing good manufacturing practices at the plant and quality controls throughout the supply chain to avoid microbial contamination.”

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